The G20 death – predictable hysteria

So, someone died at the G20 protests yesterday.

Here’s the story so far according to the Guardian, who seem to find nothing suspicious about the death.

Predictably, people in the anti-G20 camp are now calling him ‘a hero’ when it isn’t even clear whether he was involved in the protests or just going home.

The hysterical response to the rumours surrounding the guy’s death is well displayed by the Twitter feed in an anarchist’s blog:

  • @ahsbenton: i.e thank god we’re all ok, not thank god the poor guy died. I’m sitting in front of the laptop crying. What the hell happened? about 18 hours ago
  • Thank god. Christ, I don’t recognise this country anymore. about 18 hours ago
  • Oh my god. A guy’s just died at the G20 protests.

She really ought to do a spot of research first and not go all Hollywood on us.

After all, she is a journalist writing for…er…why, the Guardian!

This same blogger also commented:

Did you hear that a guy died at Climate Camp? Jesus…

He was nowhere near the Climate Camp…

But back to the main point.

People suddenly die all the time – sometimes after living a perfectly healthy life with no illnesses or sign of illness whatsoever.

I bet someone else collapsed and died in London yesterday.

It happens, not that makes it any less tragic for the deceased’s family, but to ascribe  such a death to something rather more sinister is just a cynical ploy that shits over any respect for the dead person.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s that old statistics thing again, isn’t it? Get several thousand people together, and depending on the diversity, you’re going to have death, illness, possibly even birth!

    To be fair to the Guardian, I don’t think Ms Penny Red actually writes *for* them, does she? IIRC she’s submitted articles to CiF, which anyone can do (and you get nowt if they’re not used)

  2. I wonder if the police video showing events that the dead chap was involved in prior to his death will be made public, was he chased, baton charged etc. It was quite obvious that the police were being politically correct and not discriminating based on age, and ability. Old, young, disabled and otherwise were baton charged, and kicked. The way we were treated was stressful for those of us used to it, for a chap walking home from work to suddenly find himself manhandled into the middle of a riot, and baton charged, could just have just been enough to finish someone off if they have a weak heart. Lets see the video footage of what actually happened.

  3. I see what you’re doing here – saying that maybe just because the guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time then he got ‘involved’ and maybe the police video will show some evidence of the exact circumstances of his death.
    It has to be said that CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts from people without partisan leanings suggest that no police mistreatment was evident.
    In fact, although his ‘involvement’ has had fatal consequences he, along with hundreds of totally innocent people – tourists, workers, etc, was only subjected to the stress of the protests because those protests were going on.
    To think that the authorities would have allowed several thousand people – some with a track record of violence and others whose stated intentions suggested violent behaviour – to protest without a substantial police presence is at best naive and at worst stupid and negligent.
    Having 5000 protesters in a small area of Central London is bound to bring stress to an already stressful place and far from ‘reclaiming the streets’ the protest ensured that the streets were even less safe for innocent individuals than they normally are.
    If the police are found to be at fault, the G20 protesters should shoulder some of the blame too.

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